I was out with my husband at the store. We had stopped by the bathrooms to use the water fountain to make a bottle for the baby whereupon our three year old decides that she just has to use the potty right now and promptly marches off to the ladies room. Instead of dropping what I'm doing I finish making the bottle then follow her in to check up on her. When we came out my husband confesses that this upset him greatly, that I didn't immediately go in with her. He doesn't feel its good for her to be alone in the ladies room.
I tried explaining to him that since I don't drive it's often just me, both kids and the tandem stroller, which might I add is not only huge but a bear to get through most grocery store bathrooms. In the interest of taking care of both kids I will typically help Em get in and make sure her door is shut. I then go back out with the baby, this means he's alone for perhaps thirty seconds, then periodically open the door to ask her if she's done. Em has a need to be in control on the potty and I am not ready to force her and say you're finished so she'll sometimes take five to ten minutes in the potty and I just ask after her pretty frequently. When she's done I ask her if she needs help, if she does I quickly go in and we take care of it and if not she comes out to me and I give her magic soap.
I just wonder, am I wrong about this?Is there a better way to handle this problem, it's not going to go away anytime soon. I explained it to my husband and he only sort of gets it. So to the masses, what do you think?
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